I speak English (International English Language Certification, level C1 of the CEFR, French, Spanish, and some Arabic. I have a degree in Modern Languages and Literature, and a Master in Translation. I lived and worked in London for seven years and I have travelled a lot so I really understand how difficult could be when you do not speak the language, and nobody understands you.
Working with students from all over the world on a daily basis, I noticed that everyone has a different approach to foreign languages. Using standard lessons or online resources for everyone is not the best way to teach a new language. We need to create ad hoc material and personalized lessons that make studying easy and fun. Learning a foreign language is extremely subjective and is influenced by age, mother tongue, determination, student experience, and—above all—motivation.
My university background, the years I lived in London, countless journeys and direct contact with different people and cultures, mean that I understand the difficulties students face when learning a foreign language. Identifying native language interference during the learning process allows the right strategies to be implemented so that difficulties can be overcome, and students can be made aware of what happens when they make a mistake.
Hence the idea behind Studia Viaggia Mangia: a personalised language teaching service, an unforgettable educational experience and cultural enrichment through Italian traditions, culture and homestay.
You never stop learning
I am also a freelance copywriter, and marketing/PR consultant, with over 15 years’ experience in the cosmetics, sales and training industries. Aware of the importance of lifelong learning, I hold a strategic marketing qualification from the CIM Institute in London and a diploma in Web Marketing for Tourism & Hospitality.
Life is not a sprint but a marathon; the important things in life take time and perseverance. You cannot learn a foreign language in a short period of time.
Determination is necessary to achieve our goals. Like when I took part in the Rome Marathon and the Orte Spartan Race: I was perfectly aware of how much effort and training was required. It was tough but I got there in the end and reached the finishing line of both races.
We must “learn to learn“. Concentration is key to staying focused on your goal while passion, sacrifice, and commitment will take you to the finishing line.
Sharing my passion for languages, travel and cooking with foreign students makes my job unique. I love spending my days with them, talking about the Italian language and culture, explaining the traditions of the Italian cuisine. My students and I will prepare typical local dishes, we will talk about ingredients, how to choose and cook them and we will go to the market to buy them. It will be a great fun! We will visit the wonders of the place and eat a yummy ice cream walking through the streets of the city.
Only one rule: no English, no French, no Spanish, no German…. only Italian language!